The Prince we didn’t know

This might be the most powerful and insightful interview yet about Prince.

“Stop talking about the music,” Van Jones implored.

And then he revealed what we didn’t know.

Related: Good night, sweet Prince (The Current)

Tavis Smiley: The Prince I knew (USA Today)

  • Gary F

    I’m not up on all the inner workings of the Jehovah’s witnesses, and what their privacy beliefs are , but it would be interesting to know more about the man and his faith.

    • Robin Morgan

      Follow your instincts.

  • Khatti

    I have the What If I Won The Lottery fantasies from time to time. As I get older I become impressed by how big a pile would be left after I fulfilled all of my selfish wants. It’s easy to see how, in those circumstances, giving a lot of it away becomes an attractive idea. The other thing that occurs to me is that most celebrity actors and musicians see some very rocky times before they make it. And they’re aware that most people who do what they do never make it. There may be a “There but for the grace of God go I” impulse feeding the need to give.

  • lindblomeagles

    Prince has been a fanatical believer in keeping his life private for years! I’m not sure why we’re surprised by anything he has done or was currently doing. He was the definition of separating professional life from personal space. People are mistaking Prince for Madonna and Michael Jackson, both of whom, never stopped mugging for the camera during the 1980s and 90s. Prince ALWAYS let his music speak for him. Once his set was done, he was a virtual ghost. Michael and Madona, on the other hand, found ways to stay in the public eye through bizarre behavior, tabloid stories, and mythical although unverified backstage activity. By the way, Prince became a Jehovah Witness in his later life, the late 1990s, and seemed to settle down as he aged.